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Platform

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Platform 6 was shot over one evening on the North London Line.

Platform is a series of films and installations created using a high speed camera modified to allow the synthesis later of stereo 3D. I have been developing this technique for a couple of years. The process (along with a few other tweaks) stretches time and transforms a mundane everyday situation into a mysterious world of living 3D statues, revealing within it hidden beauties inaccessible to those present at the time.

Each piece is different in content and tone depending on what is happening on the day or evening in question. A hot summers’ day will yield something very different from Halloween. Choice of lens and exposure also add a ‘look’. Though the process is more than a little random (which is challenging and fun) it requires some skill and vision to mould into finished pieces later.

To me the pieces suggest a transience to our lives whilst paradoxically hinting at something more enduring.

Currently upgrading the project to 4k. Watch this space.

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Here in Stereo 3D. Click to view images in a larger window.

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Platform has so far been seen at The London SciFi Film Festival and Art in Flux. More to come…

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ARTiculAction magazine interview

Interview with Karel Bata in ARTiculAction magazine.
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.Karel Bata - ARTiculAction.

SX70 Polaroid experiments

In my 20s I devoured the monochrome photography of Walker Evans, Robert Capa, the NFA, etc. I must bought bought the whole PhotoPoche library. I was also a frequent visitor to Soho’s Photographers’ Gallery, and it was there I was blown away by Lucas Samaras’ bold use of colour, and his physical manipulation of Polaroid prints – so radical back then!

I saved up, bought a SX70 Camera, and set about moulding the dye layers as images formed, heating the prints, taking them apart, and even putting them in the microwave. Sparks flew(!) and each image was unique, yet a style clearly emerged that was all my own.

Such a shame the stock was discontinued. Here’s a couple of my prints. Click for a closer look.

 ……Micheal Read-Shaw: distressed polaroid ...Liz Hossack: distressed polaroid

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